Saint Joseph's University (SJU) is a Roman Catholic university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1851 as Saint Joseph's College, SJU is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. In the Jesuit tradition, the university commits itself to high academic standards, a commitment to social justice, and an environment of open-minded investigation and debate. In addition to its on-campus offerings, SJU has introduced an array of online programs leading to bachelor's and master's degrees as well as certificates.
St. Joseph's University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Most of the faculty members at St. Joseph's are full-time professors who are experts in their field. Where SJU does utilize adjunct instructors, the university requires these individuals to demonstrate an expertise in their field through their current body of work, enabling them to bring invaluable real-world experience to the classroom. Nearly all instructors at SJU hold advanced degrees in the fields in which they teach.
St. Joseph's University boasts more than 9,000 traditional undergraduate and graduate students and provides a variety of housing options. Traditional students who choose not to commute from home are required to live in an on-campus housing facility for their first two years of attendance. Online students have the flexibility of "attending" classes when their schedule permits, making online learning a quality option for adult learners. SJU is founded in the Jesuit traditions of education, self-reflection, and service. Students do not necessarily have to be Roman Catholic to attend the school. SJU provides a wealth of opportunities for students to become active and involved. From Greek life to NCAA Division I athletic programs, students will find a plethora of activities in which they may participate.